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How to write a killer Linkedin Page and navigate a career gap


Emily Mews Aiken, SC

Hi! I would love some guidance on formatting my Linkedin to make it stand out as well as make it more general, I don't know the field I want to go into and what i have on there currently only relates to my military experience. I would also appreciate guidance on dealing with a 6 year employment gap and how best to maneuver around that on Linkedin and even my resume, I am finding a chronological resume is greatly highlighting my gap.

19 February 2024 5 replies Resumes & Cover Letters



23 February 2024 Helpful answer


Joe Engle Indianapolis, IN

Hello Emily.
You said “I am Dependable, organized, restrained and thorough”. These are traits employers look for. A mature person that can be trusted and does not need ‘looking after’. Be sure to briefly mention these traits in your resume.
Also, regarding your comment “Seeking a career in any profession”—you might consider taking a "career aptitude test". A career aptitude test is an assessment that provides career suggestions based on your personality, skills, interests and values. They are sets of questions that will take a short time to answer and complete. There are many free ones online. The test helps direct you to a career that you will enjoy, and be successful pursuing, long term. I would stay away from any tests that try to get you into "their program" and manage your job search or train you, they will most likely want to charge you a fee. You might see if you can find any from impartial parties, like a university or gov agency.
Here are a couple I found that I think are impartial:
I think it would be worth your time to do a few of these. They may give you new ideas or directions, or confirm in your mind what your strengths and likes are. If they give you some insight into yourself, or some ideas, then it is worth your time. You may find that you do not agree with some recommendations, and that is OK too!
Thanks for your service and best of luck.

21 February 2024 Helpful answer


Emily Mews Aiken, SC

Thank you all, these are wonderful resources and I am checking them all out!


Deirdre Gordon Chapel Hill, NC

Hi Emily,

I'll share another ACP resource you might find helpful as well: a webinar in which an Adobe recruiter shares how he sees & uses LinkedIn! ACP Inside Look: Dear Job Seeker, Here’s How Adobe Looks at Your LinkedIn :

It's not just applicable to Adobe, it gives a great overview of how recruiters use LinkedIn. You might glean some ideas to help you navigate the LinkedIn options.



ACP AdvisorNet Staff New York, NY

Hi Emily,

Thank you for your question! LinkedIn is a great way to network and having it up to date is a great goal. Michael Quinn has a wonderful cheat sheet for LinkedIn:

For employment gaps, Indeed has a great article on explaining gaps in your resume:

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